ABIDJAN (Reuters) – After Ivory Coast’s government announced the easing of some restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus on Thursday evening, Ange-Désire Indat hit the phones and invited more guests to his wedding planned for the next day.
Indat Ange Desire, 30, and Marie Andrea Offoumou, 28, attend their wedding ceremony with guests, following the easing of restrictive measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Luc Gnago
“This is a joy for us because the easing of the restrictive measures changed everything. Our parents are here. We had to call everyone yesterday,” said the groom, a 30-year old finance officer, beaming in a midnight blue tuxedo.
Ivory Coast, which has reported nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases and 24 deaths, eased some of the strict measures it had put in place since early March, such as raising the maximum number of people allowed at a gathering to 200, from 50.
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